Photographer unites nursing mothers with Mother Nature in "Breastfeeding Goddesses"

by 08/04/15   filed under: art, baby feeding

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Luke's Toy Factory makes bright & sturdy toy trucks from recycled materials here in the USA

by 08/04/15   filed under: eco play, eco toddler, green gifts, green kids, green toys

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CedarWorks eco-friendly playhouses encourage outdoor play year-round

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Forest Kindergartens: Where Mother Nature is the teacher in an outdoor classroom

by 08/03/15   filed under: education, green kids

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Wouldn’t it be amazing if your youngster could spend his formative years outside exploring and learning about nature vs. being stuck inside without fresh air, exercise or a working knowledge of the environment? Depending on where you live, a nature-based school program could actually be close at hand. Forest kindergartens, also known by a slew of other terms such as nature-school, outdoor school and so forth, are schools that aim to nurture children in a healthy, often mobile environment in which little ones can experience nature firsthand for most, if not all of the day. Forest schools teach through experience. Kids are encouraged to dig in the dirt, climb trees, run wild and learn to enjoy all that nature has to offer. This is a vital learning experience for children and one that many kids are sadly missing out on. Martin Clarke, a teacher at a German forest kindergarten tells The Telegraph that kids receive more than a simple understanding of nature from these programs, but better health and coordination as well, stating, “We get four year-olds who have barely been outside and when they arrive they can hardly walk across a field, because it’s not flat, or climb a tree.’ How depressing — but hopeful as well, because once kids are enrolled in an outdoor school program, they can develop these skills quickly.

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Research shows that children living in low-income homes have less developed brains than their more affluent peers

by 08/03/15   filed under: health & body, kids health, news, parenting

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A child in poverty may have little access to books. Food can be hard to come by, and much of it is likely to be processed, since fresh fruits and vegetables are too expensive or often unavailable. Her neighborhood may be unsafe to play in, so she spends hours indoors, disconnected from nature and play. Her school may be underperforming for a variety of reasons, including staffing retention issues and lack of funding. Adding another layer of complexity and urgency to the issue of poverty in our country, a new study from the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals that compared to affluent children, children in poverty have less gray matter, the brain tissue that digests information.

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Trending: Moms calling hairstylists & make-up artists to the maternity ward to get photo-ready after labor & delivery

by 08/03/15   filed under: green maternity, news

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Perhaps it’s because moms want to look the way Duchess Kate looked mere hours after giving birth, with skillfully applied make-up that made her face glow and long locks perfectly styled and flowing like the mane of a goddess as she greeted the world with her newborn prince and princess. Or maybe it’s due to the fact that Instagram and Facebook have become the modern way to trumpet a birth announcement to countless friends and followers in photograph form from the post-birth hospital bed. Because more and more mothers are hiring hairstylists and make-up artists to pay them a visit in the hospital after baby’s birth to act as a post-delivery glam squad, according to a new report in The New York Times — all with a mission to make those first photographs of mother and child look effortlessly fabulous.

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The Mindful Mom-to-Be guide features tips for a positive, natural, healthy pregnancy and childbirth experience

by 08/02/15   filed under: books, green maternity, green pregnancy, parenting

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Doulas have become increasingly popular in recent years at birthing centers, home births, and hospital settings, but they’ve actually been around for centuries. And with good reason: the presence of these comforting female caregivers has been associated with shorter labors with fewer complications as well as a reduction in negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience. Seasoned doula Lori Bregman’s new guide The Mindful Mom-to-Be: A Modern Doula’s Guide to Building a Healthy Foundation from Pregnancy Through Birth offers reassuring advice and tried-and-true natural suggestions throughout the prenatal period and childbirth (and even after) as well as recommendations and recipes for keeping yourself and your baby healthy and thriving.

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10 easy, natural ways to increase your breast milk supply

by 08/01/15   filed under: baby feeding, breastfeeding, green baby, parenting

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HOW TO: Make raw broccoli & mushroom slow stir-fry

HOW TO: Make raw broccoli & mushroom slow stir-fry

1. Gather the ingredients a bunch of mushrooms 4 cups of broccoli florets 1 tbsp of raw sesame seeds (white or black) 1 round tomato Marinating sauce: 3 tbsp of extra virgin olive…

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7 reusable waste-free lunch bags for tweens and teens + lunch packing tips for older kids

7 reusable waste-free lunch bags for tweens and teens + lunch packing tips for older kids

Photo by Shutterstock Packed lunch tips for older kids Keep it safe: Avoid lunch bags made with PVC, virgin plastic, BPA and other questionable materials. Make sure the bag has room…

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Prince Charles transforms William's childhood treehouse into a dreamy woodland playground for Prince George

Prince Charles transforms William's childhood treehouse into a dreamy woodland playground for Prince George

England’s royal family is passing down more than a throne from one generation to the next. The fairytale treehouse built for Prince William in 1989 has just been renovated for Prince…

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Cacoon: An indoor/outdoor hanging tent that you can take anywhere

Cacoon: An indoor/outdoor hanging tent that you can take anywhere

What is Cacoon? Cacoon is a hanging tent that’s weather tested to withstand wind, rain, sunshine and sea, but it hangs equally nicely indoors as well. Made with both adults and…

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Student-created, low-cost ventilator 'NeoVent' designed for preemies wins 2015 James Dyson award

Student-created, low-cost ventilator 'NeoVent' designed for preemies wins 2015 James Dyson award

An estimated one million babies die each year from prematurity and respiratory issues; and respiratory problems remain one of the leading causes of death for children under the age of…

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Oeuf's adorable new collection of kids clothing is inspired by organic veggies!

Oeuf's adorable new collection of kids clothing is inspired by organic veggies!

Oeuf say that the Foodilicious range is inspired by the Park Slope Co-Op in Brooklyn. The quirky food-themed clothing and accessories for boys, girls and babies include egg, carrot,…

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Donald Trump tells a lawyer "you're disgusting" when she asks to be excused to pump breast milk during deposition

Donald Trump tells a lawyer "you're disgusting" when she asks to be excused to pump breast milk during deposition

As if we needed to hear more contentious news surrounding Donald Trump, reports are surfacing that the presidential hopeful told a breastfeeding lawyer “you’re disgusting”…

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Teethers shaped like soft serve cones will have babies screaming for ice cream

Teethers shaped like soft serve cones will have babies screaming for ice cream

We all scream for ice cream, and now babies can too, especially if their screaming is teething-related! SweeTooth‘s baby teether is shaped like an ice cream cone with soft-serve…

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Skip Hop's first back to school gear collection for big kids is here just in time

Skip Hop's first back to school gear collection for big kids is here just in time

Forget Me Not Backpack and Lunch Bag Set Skip Hop’s new line of clever backpacks for big kids features a window that shows the lunch bag inside its own dedicated compartment.…

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Mountain Buggy’s Juno baby carrier accommodates kids from the newborn stage through the toddler years

Mountain Buggy’s Juno baby carrier accommodates kids from the newborn stage through the toddler years

Mountain Buggy’s goal is to, “enable parents to live a life without limit,” and their new Juno Baby Carrier definitely fits the bill. Mountain Buggy’s Juno…

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